Orderly adjectives

In English, a series of adjectives before a noun is often cumulative, so that they build meaning progressively in one direction and are not reversible. For example, one adjective might modify another (light blue sky), or one adjective might modify the unit formed by the next adjective plus the noun (shiny new car).

Cumulative adjectives are usually arranged in a specific order from left to right, according to the type of adjective: determiner (a, the, some, many, etc.); opinion (good, difficult, important, etc.); size; age; shape; colour; origin; material; purpose; noun used as an adjective.

On the basis of this information, see if you can select the usual order for the adjectives in the following sentences.


Date modified: 2017-12-11

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